REMINDER THIS FRIDAY – ISO 18788: The New Standard for Responsible Security Operations

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ISO 18788: The New Standard for Responsible Security Operations

In the wake of the global growth of the private security industry, a number of efforts have emerged to govern private security provision and ensure responsible security operations in complex environments, to include an international declaration, an international code of conduct, and an auditable national management system standard. Building on these efforts, as well as a growing international consensus about the human rights responsibilities of businesses, the new International Organization for Standardization (ISO) standard ISO 18788 Management System for Private Security Operations – Requirements with Guidance for Use details a risk management framework for the conduct of security operations. The standard is invaluable to organizations providing and contracting security services. Two years in the making, the purpose of ISO 18788 is to enable consistent provision of security services while maintaining the safety of clients and ensuring respect for human rights and national and international laws. It stands out as the first auditable ISO standard with human rights at its core. During this seminar, which is also being live-cast as a webinar, learn more about the standard, its incorporation into U.S. government procurement policy, and how to implement it and prepare for certification.

WHEN: Friday, November 20, 10:30am-12:00pm EST

WHERE: American University Washington College of Law, 4801 Massachusetts Ave., NW, Washington, D.C., Room 601 (Free shuttle service is available from the Tenleytown metro stop on the red line.)

Participation is free and open to the public.

Click here to learn more. Click here to register for the webinar. No registration is required if attending in person.

For inquiries, email the Center for Human Rights & Humanitarian Law at humlaw@wcl.american.edu


Dr. Rebecca DeWinter-Schmitt, Director of the Center’s Human Rights in Business Program and Senior Managing Director of Human Analytics, will moderate and speak to the standards landscape around security operations, as well as the human rights provisions of ISO 18788.

Dr. Marc Siegel, Commissioner, ASIS International Global Standards, wrote the initial draft of ISO 18788 and chaired the Project Committee that developed the standard. He will provide an introduction and overview of the standard.

Colonel Christopher Mayer, U.S. Army Retired, Director of Contingency Contractor Standards and Compliance for the Department of Defense, will address the U.S. government’s support and involvement in the development of auditable standards for security operations and their incorporation into DoD operations and procurement policies.

Lisa DuBrock, Managing Partner for Radian Compliance, will speak to the steps organizations must take to implement ISO 18788 and prepare for a successful certification to the standard.


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